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Thelma & Louise (1991)
Adventure, Crime, Drama

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Louise is working in a diner as a waitress and has some problems with her boyfriend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road. Thelma is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road. Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who threatens to rape Thelma. They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, robbery, marriage, suicide, friendship
Locations:motel, desert, hotel
Characters:waitress, friend
Period:1990s
Story:female sexism, strong woman, man slaps a woman, older woman younger man relationship, attempted rape, gasoline truck, girl kissing girl, driving off a cliff, cat call, oklahoma city, six pack, female sexist, honkytonk, self realization, car falling off a cliff, female chauvinist, female chauvinism, line dancing, tarmac, hare

Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, robbery, friendship
Locations:motel
Characters:waitress, friend
Story:highway travel, grand canyon, sexual assault, arizona, on the road, road movie, diner, woman, road trip, female protagonist, cult film, chase, husband wife relationship, character name in title, murder, police, gun, violence

Nothing To Lose (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Nothing To Lose (1997)

When a man (Robbins) believes he has discovered that his wife is having an affair with his boss, it sets off a chain reaction of events. First he wanders into a ghetto where a robber (Lawrence) tries to take his money at gunpoint, but instead sets a wild ride from California to Arizona. The two eventually become reluctant friends. Discussing robbery techniques, they decide to get back at the boss by robbing an office safe containing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Life is further complicated by another pair of robbers who chase the first two for infringing on their territory. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, friendship
Locations:desert, hotel
Characters:waitress
Period:1990s
Story:arizona, hitchhiking, cigarette smoking, on the road, diner, taxi, chase, husband wife relationship

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, marriage
Locations:motel, desert, hotel
Story:older woman younger man relationship, male objectification, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, cigarette smoking, diner, woman, road trip, slow motion scene, rape, husband wife relationship, violence, gun, murder, police

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Locations:motel, desert
Characters:waitress
Period:1990s
Story:sexual harassment, arizona, convertible, ring, cigarette smoking, on the road, road movie, fugitive, anti hero, diner, woman, road trip, slow motion scene, rape, cult film, explosion, husband wife relationship, police, violence, murder

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:friendship
Locations:motel, desert
Story:man slaps a woman, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, road movie, fugitive, anti hero, diner, road trip, slow motion scene, chase, explosion, police, violence, gun, murder

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, robbery
Locations:motel
Characters:friend
Period:1990s
Story:woman, attempted rape, hair dryer, sexual assault, hitchhiking, cigarette smoking, on the road, diner, female protagonist, rape, husband wife relationship, f rated, police, violence, murder, gun

On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:motel
Characters:friend
Story:arizona, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, cigarette smoking, on the road, road movie, diner, road trip, husband wife relationship, gun, police

Kalifornia (1993) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Kalifornia (1993)

Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car. (Read More)

Locations:motel, desert
Characters:waitress
Story:sexual assault, cigarette smoking, on the road, road movie, road trip, helicopter, rape, cult film, murder, gun, police, violence

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:desert
Characters:waitress, friend
Story:hitchhiker, pizza, cigarette smoking, on the road, diner, road trip, taxi, slow motion scene, cult film, police, gun

Enough (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Enough (2002)

An abused woman discovers that the dream man she married isn't who she thought he was. She and her daughter try to escape (aided by her previous boyfriend), but he pursues her relentlessly. Fearing also for the safety of her daughter, she decides that there's only one way out of the marriage: kill him. This is why Enough (2002) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:hotel
Characters:waitress
Story:strong woman, strong female lead, strong female character, diner, woman, female protagonist, chase, husband wife relationship, murder, gun, police, violence

Crossroads (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Crossroads (2002)

Three best friends get together and bury a box, making a pact to open it at midnight at their high school graduation. In the small town in Georgia that they live in, things soon change. One is little miss perfect, one is an engaged prom queen, and the other is a pregnant outcast. On the night of their graduation, they open the box and they strike up a conversation. Suddenly, one brings up the topic of her going to Los Angeles for a record contract audition. They all decide to go together and they leave. With a little money, they set out on the road with a guy named Ben. When one of them tells the other a rumor that he might be a homicidal maniac, they are all scared of him. When they reach Los Angeles, Lucy (Britney Spears) falls in love with Ben and against her father's wishes, she stays and she goes to the audition. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:motel
Story:grand canyon, chick flick, friendship between women, female friendship, female bonding, arizona, convertible, on the road, road trip, female protagonist, f rated

Near Dark (1987) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Themes:friendship
Locations:motel
Characters:waitress
Story:truck driver, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, cigarette smoking, on the road, road movie, fugitive, diner, slow motion scene, cult film, chase, explosion, f rated, police, murder, gun, violence

Need For Speed (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Need For Speed (2014)

Framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street-racer, spends two years in jail thinking about one moment. Fresh out of prison he reacquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sold, and seeks to enter a secretive and extremely high-stakes race known as The DeLeon. His purpose; redemption, recognition from the world of racing and to solve his problems. Yet all this fades in comparison to his driving reason. Revenge. Above all, revenge. This is a story about love, redemption, revenge and motor oil all swirled together (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:desert, hotel
Story:grand canyon, arizona, road movie, fugitive, anti hero, road trip, slow motion scene, helicopter, explosion, murder, police

El Mariachi (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

El Mariachi (1992)

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:desert, hotel
Period:1990s
Story:attempted rape, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, cigarette smoking, fugitive, anti hero, bikini, slow motion scene, cult film, chase, character name in title, murder, gun, violence

Domino (2005)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Domino (2005)

The daughter of an actor father and a social-climber mother, Domino Harvey, bored with her life, decides to join the team of Ed Moseby and becomes a bounty hunter. But she gets in trouble when the Mafia's money is stolen from an armored truck, while Moseby and his crew are participating in a reality show produced by Mark Heiss. The situation gets out of control when the sons of a rival mobster are kidnapped while the FBI is monitoring two gangs of mobsters. This is why Domino (2005) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:motel, desert
Story:federal bureau of investigation, action heroine, strong female lead, strong female character, cigarette smoking, woman, road trip, helicopter, explosion, character name in title, f rated, murder

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Drama

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920's Alabama. Through Idgie's inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny. (Read More)

Themes:marriage, suicide, friendship
Story:chick flick, female bonding, strong female lead, strong female character, woman, female protagonist, cult film, murder

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)

The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark. (Read More)

Locations:desert, hotel
Story:convertible, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, on the road, smoking, road trip, slow motion scene, cult film, police

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a lethal, top-secret agent. Her old chums in the Chapter are now out to kill her so she enlists the help of a cheap detective named Mitch. As Samantha remembers more and more of her previous life, she becomes deadlier and more resourceful. Both Mitch and Charly proceed to do the killing thing, the bleeding thing and the shooting thing. (Read More)

Locations:hotel
Period:1990s
Story:action heroine, strong female lead, strong female character, cigarette smoking, smoking, woman, slow motion scene, helicopter, female protagonist, cult film, chase, explosion, police

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:marriage, friendship
Locations:motel, hotel
Characters:friend
Story:convertible, cigarette smoking, diner, taxi, bikini, rape, chase, husband wife relationship, character name in title, violence, gun, police

The Blues Brothers (1980) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Musical

The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? This is why The Blues Brothers (1980) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:motel, hotel
Story:highway travel, car driving, buddy, cigarette smoking, on the road, anti hero, diner, road trip, bikini, cult film, chase, explosion, husband wife relationship, character name in title, violence, police

Breakdown (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Breakdown (1997)

Jeff and Amy Taylor are moving to California and must drive across the country. When they find themselves stranded in the middle of a desert with hardly anyone or anything around, their trip comes to a sudden halt. Amy had taken a ride with a friendly trucker to a small diner to call for help, but after a long time, Jeff becomes worried. He finds that no one in the diner has seen or heard from his wife. When he finds the trucker who gave Amy the ride, the trucker swears he has never seen her. Now Jeff must attempt to find his wife, who has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. But who can he trust? (Read More)

Locations:desert
Period:1990s
Story:diner, arizona, truck driver, on the road, cult film, chase, husband wife relationship, violence, murder, police, gun

The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Crime, Horror

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (Read More)

Themes:suicide, friendship
Locations:motel, desert
Story:attempted rape, sexual assault, cigarette smoking, fugitive, anti hero, road trip, slow motion scene, rape, cult film, chase, explosion, police, husband wife relationship, violence, murder

Courage Under Fire (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. (Read More)

Themes:suicide, friendship
Locations:desert
Characters:friend
Period:1990s
Story:strong female character, woman, helicopter, explosion, husband wife relationship, violence, murder

G.i. Jane (1997) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Action, Drama, War

G.i. Jane (1997)

When a crusading chairperson of the military budget committee pressures the would be Navy secretary to begin full gender integration of the service, he offers the chance for a test case for a female trainee in the US Navy's elite SEAL/C.R.T. selection program. LT. Jordan O'Neill is given the assignment, but no one expects her to succeed in an inhumanly punishing regime that has a standard 60% dropout rate for men. However, O'Neill is determined to prove everyone wrong. (Read More)

Period:1990s
Story:sexual harassment, sexism, strong female lead, strong female character, feminism, woman, helicopter, female protagonist, cult film

The Good Girl (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield. This is why The Good Girl (2002) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991). (Read More)

Themes:marriage, suicide, friendship
Locations:motel
Characters:friend
Story:man slaps a woman, older woman younger man relationship, cigarette smoking, woman, husband wife relationship, f rated, gun, police

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Locations:motel, desert, hotel
Characters:waitress
Story:action heroine, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, fugitive, anti hero, diner, woman, taxi, slow motion scene, chase, explosion, character name in title, murder, violence, police

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Adventure, Comedy, Family

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

The cartoonish and childish character Pee Wee Herman goes on a big adventure for the first time ever when his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich "kid." And he sets off on an obsessive cross-country journey, determined to recover it. Pee-wee's awkward and childish attempts to be cool and mature. (Read More)

Characters:waitress
Story:highway travel, truck driver, hitchhiking, hitchhiker, convertible, on the road, road movie, road trip, cult film, chase, character name in title

Hanna (2011) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Hanna (2011)

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the skills of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:desert
Story:action heroine, strong female lead, strong female character, fugitive, woman, road trip, slow motion scene, helicopter, female protagonist, husband wife relationship, character name in title, f rated, murder

Man On A Ledge (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Man On A Ledge (2012)

An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming woman and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with SWAT and tactical command along with fire-fighters. The police then dispatch a police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, things aren't as they seem. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:hotel
Story:telling someone to shut up, strong female lead, strong female character, cigarette smoking, fugitive, anti hero, woman, helicopter, chase, explosion, police, gun

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. This is why Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991). (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:action heroine, feminism, on the road, road movie, fugitive, anti hero, woman, road trip, slow motion scene, chase, female protagonist, explosion, character name in title, f rated, murder, violence

Hot Pursuit (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Hot Pursuit (2015)

Rose Cooper is an uptight and by-the-book cop whose name has become a verb synonymous with screw-ups, and she's found a chance to redeem herself. She has been assigned to protect a federal witness, Daniella Riva, the vivacious and outgoing widow of a drug boss. As the two polar opposites race through Texas, they find themselves pursues by everyone from crooked cops to murderous gunmen. However, their greatest obstacle to making this out alive may be themselves as they learn that Cooper has now been considered a fugitive fleeing with Danielle. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:hotel
Characters:friend
Story:car driving, convertible, fugitive, woman, chase, husband wife relationship, f rated, gun, police, violence, murder

Interstate 60: Episodes Of The Road (2002) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Interstate 60: Episodes Of The Road (2002)

Neal Oliver is a young artist, but his father doesn't like his choice and wants him to go to Oxford. Everything changes after Neal's meeting with O.W.Grant, who grants exactly one wish per person, as his name suggests. Neal wishes for answers, and so he must travel to the nonexistent Danver by the nonexistent Interstate 60. In this trip he hopes to find the girl of his dreams, following the trail of her photos on the advertising stands along the route. Many encounters await him ahead. Will he receive what he asked for? (Read More)

Locations:motel
Characters:waitress
Story:hitchhiker, convertible, on the road, road movie, diner, road trip, murder, police

Paul (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:desert, hotel
Characters:waitress
Story:road trip, arizona, pizza, cigarette smoking, fugitive, diner, woman, helicopter, chase, explosion, character name in title, gun, murder

Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)

An LA detective is murdered because she has microfilm with the recipe to make cocaine cookies. A "Lethal Weapon" style cop team tries to find and stop the fiends before they can dope the nation by distributing their wares via the "Wilderness Girls" cookie drive.

Period:1990s
Story:hair dryer, buddy, pizza, cigarette smoking, taxi, helicopter, cult film, chase, explosion, police, gun

Arizona Dream (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Arizona Dream (1993)

An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's gofer. He's happy there, but a messenger arrives to bring him to Arizona for his uncle's wedding. It's a ruse to get Axel into the family business. In Arizona, Axel meets two odd women: vivacious, needy, and plagued by neuroses and familial discord. He gets romantically involved with one, while the other, rich but depressed, plays accordion tunes to a gaggle of pet turtles. This is why Arizona Dream (1993) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Story:older woman younger man relationship, arizona, convertible, cigarette smoking, road trip, cult film, gun

Wild Hogs (2007) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Wild Hogs (2007)

Four middle-aged men decide to take a road trip from Cincinnati to the Pacific in order to get away from their lives which are leading them nowhere. Taking their motorcycles, these "Wild Hogs" tear up the road and eventually stop in New Mexico for a drink not knowing that the bar belongs to the "Del Fuegos", a mean biker gang. When the Del Fuegos steal a bike that belongs to the Wild Hogs, the four men form a plan to steal their bike back. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:waitress, friend
Story:road trip, highway travel, on the road, road movie, diner, woman, bikini, explosion, husband wife relationship

Heist (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, friendship
Characters:waitress
Story:tarmac, cigarette smoking, anti hero, diner, explosion, husband wife relationship, murder, gun, police, violence

It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime

It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

After a long prison sentence Smiler Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid $350,000 from a job 15 years previously. He accidentally careens over a cliff in view of four cars whose occupants go down to help. The dying Grogan gives details of where the money is buried and when the witnesses fail to agree on sharing the cash, a crazy chase develops across the state. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:driving off a cliff, car falling off a cliff, truck driver, hitchhiking, convertible, on the road, road movie, fugitive, road trip, helicopter, chase, explosion, husband wife relationship

Broken Flowers (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Broken Flowers (2005)

The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. (Read More)

Themes:marriage, friendship
Locations:motel, hotel
Characters:waitress, friend
Story:highway travel, cigarette smoking, on the road, road movie, woman, road trip, husband wife relationship

Sydney (1996) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Crime, Drama

Sydney (1996)

John has lost all his money. He sits outside a diner in the desert when Sydney happens along, buys him coffee, then takes him to Reno and shows him how to get a free room without losing much money. Under Sydney's fatherly tutelage, John becomes a successful small-time professional gambler, and all is well, until he falls for Clementine, a cocktail waitress and sometimes hooker. This is why Sydney (1996) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:motel, desert, hotel
Characters:waitress
Story:cigarette smoking, diner, husband wife relationship, character name in title, murder, violence, gun

Sideways (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sideways (2004)

A week before his friend Jack is to be married, best man Miles and the prospective groom head off to wine country for a week of fun, relaxation and - of course - wine drinking. Miles is the oenophile and does his best to teach Jack a bit about the art of appreciating great wine. All Jack cares about is drinking and carousing, something he accomplishes when he meets the attractive Stephanie at one of the vineyards. Miles is something of a sad sack, a high school English teacher who is a failed writer at heart. He has yet to get over the fact that his wife has divorced him and that she has remarried and he now faces that nerve racking wait for word from a prospective publisher. Miles has an opportunity to start anew when he meets Stephanie's friend Maya but when he let's slip that Jack is about to be married any hope of a relationship seems to be lost. (Read More)

Themes:marriage, friendship
Locations:motel
Characters:waitress, friend
Story:road trip, highway travel, buddy, convertible, on the road, road movie, diner, woman, chase

Catwoman (2004)
Action, Crime

Catwoman (2004)

Catwoman is the story of shy, sensitive artist Patience Philips, a woman who can't seem to stop apologizing for her own existence. She works as a graphic designer for Hedare Beauty, a mammoth cosmetics company on the verge of releasing a revolutionary anti-aging product. When Patience inadvertently happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding, she finds herself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy. What happens next changes Patience forever. In a mystical twist of fate, she is transformed into a woman with the strength, speed, agility and ultra-keen senses of a cat. With her newfound prowess and feline intuition, Patience becomes Catwoman, a sleek and stealthy creature balancing on the thin line between good and bad. Like any wildcat, she's dangerous, elusive and untamed. Her adventures are complicated by a burgeoning relationship with Tom Lone, a cop who has fallen for Patience but cannot shake his fascination with the mysterious Catwoman, who appears to be responsible for a string of crime sprees plaguing the city. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Story:bechdel test passed, action heroine, strong female lead, strong female character, anti hero, woman, female protagonist, chase, character name in title, police, murder

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:robbery, friendship
Characters:friend
Period:1990s
Story:car driving, cigarette smoking, anti hero, slow motion scene, cult film, chase, husband wife relationship, violence, gun, murder, police

Bonnie And Clyde (1967) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

1934. Young adults Bonnie Parker, a waitress, and Clyde Barrow, a criminal just released from prison, are immediately attracted to what the other represents for their life when they meet by chance in West Dallas, Texas. Bonnie is fascinated with Clyde's criminal past, and his matter-of-factness and bravado in talking about it. Clyde sees in Bonnie someone sympatico to his goals in life. Although attracted to each other physically, a sexual relationship between the two has a few obstacles to happen. Regardless, they decide to join forces to embark on a life of crime, holding up whatever establishments, primarily banks, to make money and to have fun. They don't plan on hurting anyone physically or killing anyone despite wielding loaded guns. They amass a small gang of willing accomplices, including C.W. Moss, a mechanic to fix whatever cars they steal which is important especially for their getaways, and Buck Barrow, one of Clyde's older brothers. The only reluctant tag-along is Buck's nervous wife, Blanche Barrow, a preacher's daughter. The gang's life changes after the first fatal shot is fired. Following, their willingness to shoot to kill increases to protect themselves and their livelihood. Their notoriety precedes them, so much so that no matter what one's opinion is of them, most want to have some association to the Barrow gang, to help them, to be spoken in the same breath as them, or to capture and or kill them. Of the many people they encounter in their crime spree, the one who may have the most profound effect on their lives is Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, who is looking for a little retribution. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, marriage
Locations:motel
Characters:waitress
Story:cigarette smoking, on the road, road movie, fugitive, anti hero, diner, woman, slow motion scene, cult film, chase, explosion, violence, husband wife relationship, character name in title, police, gun, murder

Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. This is why Boys Don't Cry (1999) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, friendship
Characters:friend
Period:1990s
Story:sexual assault, cigarette smoking, fugitive, woman, punctuation in title, rape, f rated, police, violence, murder

Wild At Heart (1990)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild At Heart (1990)

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. (Read More)

Themes:suicide, friendship
Locations:motel, desert
Characters:friend
Story:convertible, cigarette smoking, on the road, road movie, fugitive, woman, road trip, rape, cult film, murder, violence, police

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:suicide, friendship
Locations:motel, desert, hotel
Story:cigarette smoking, fugitive, anti hero, diner, cult film, husband wife relationship, violence, gun, murder

Lat Sau San Taam (1992) is one of the best movies like Thelma & Louise (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lat Sau San Taam (1992)

Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, friendship
Period:1990s
Story:man slaps a woman, jumping on a bed, video surveillance, ring, cigarette smoking, slow motion scene, cult film, explosion, gun, violence, police

Raising Arizona (1987)
Comedy, Crime

Raising Arizona (1987)

Recidivist hold-up man H.I. McDonnough and police woman Edwina marry, only to discover they are unable to conceive a child. Desperate for a baby, the pair decide to kidnap one of the quintuplets of furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona. The McDonnoughs try to keep their crime secret, while friends, co-workers and a feral bounty hunter look to use Nathan Jr. for their own purposes. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, marriage
Locations:desert
Story:arizona, on the road, fugitive, woman, cult film, police

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